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down on the legal status of the boston bombing suspect. kendall coffey. the great jonathan turley, here in washington. thank you for this. can they decide later if a piece of evidence shows up a week from now, that shows a connection, e-mail, whatever, connection with al qaeda, taking orders, timing, that kind of thing? does the government change the status of this defendant? >> no, he's a u.s. citizen. he has presumption of innocence. some people get constitutional rights and some do not. they've always focused on whether the person is a u.s. citizen as key factor here. what senator graham was talking about is pretty alarming. he's talking about enemy combatants which is -- >> suppose you go overseas to join al qaeda somewhere and you're with them. are you still an american under the law? >> my view you are. >> under the government's view? >> well, we haven't changed the u.s. constitution yet. and what senator graham is talking about is actually using enemy combatant status as a way of getting evidence. it's no longer the justification we have to isolate them in guantanamo bay. he want
and nbc news analyst kendall coffey as well as defense attorney and former prosecutor karen desoto with a welcome to both of the you. kendall, who gets to question the suspect? >> well, right now they've lined up questions by the high value questioning group which apparently includes components of fbi, cia, and defense. they're going to be following civilian rules. but taking a very broad view of the public safety exception. so that they can question him for at least some significant period without mirandizing him. >> some significant period, karen, means how long? how can they talk to him without a lawyer? because this is civilian court that we're talking about. >> yeah, absolutely. listen, we have this public safety exception which basically says that maybe there's some explosive devices, of course, alex the problem with that is that the boston police have already said that there's no threat. they gave you the all-clear. obviously the federal authorities are going to say, yes, but we don't know if there's co-conspirators. we don't know if there's bombs in other people's house
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